By J. Moatti
Significant adjustments within the nature and dynamics of the AIDS epidemic during the last few years are mirrored in altering epidemiological developments in addition to within the growth made in biomedical learn and therapy. AIDS in Europe brings jointly papers from prime social technological know-how researchers to examine the possibilities and demanding situations those adjustments carry and the various ways that they're being answered to in either western and jap Europe. Papers are organised less than 3 headings: *new demanding situations for HIV prevention *care of individuals residing with HIV/AIDS in a brand new healing context *AIDS public regulations: from specialisation to normalisation AIDS in Europe offers a finished assessment of present social and behavioural examine on HIV and AIDS for all well-being pros.
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No one knows except me and my husband. People talk too much. I have seen this with other relatives and friends, the way that they are treated…I have a sister, same dad, same mum. She lives across the road. She is positive. When she was in Africa, she lost her husband with AIDS…My sister doesn’t know about us. None of my family know. None of my husband’s family know. (Naomi Bond, mother of Grace, aged 6) Underpinning this imperative to conceal the diagnosis was a strong sense of their own shame about being infected, guilt at infecting their child and a fear that others would blame them if they knew.
Many others described instances of more limited social exclusion or ostracism and virtually all anticipated a response of fear, hostility and discrimination against their children if the diagnosis were more widely known. For this reason, parents wanted to maintain tight control over information about their child’s condition and were very judicious about disclosing it to others. Boulton et al. Disclosure to outside institutions With regard to outside institutions, parents wanted as few people as possible to know about the diagnosis.
With respect to the latter, patients expressed either strongly positive or strongly negative opinions. The latter were particularly prevalent when they received positive test results or were being nursed by nursing and paramedical staff who were untrained, and who reacted without any sensitivity to the situation. Respondents expressed the need to have regular personal contact with nursing staff in what are termed the Special Infection Units where people with HIV and AIDS are treated. Finally, lack of provision for the systematic support and counselling of both patients and medical and nursing staff in hospitals was commented on.